Organisation hacks with Jack Edwards and Katie Thistleton

This article was first published on 9 January 2020.

Let's face it, getting organised can be pretty overwhelming. So what can you do to get started?

Radio 1's Life Hacks presenter, Katie Thistleton, met up with uni student vlogger, Jack Edwards, to find out how he's managed to get himself organised despite feeling like he's far from a natural!

You don't have to be a naturally organised and super efficient person to be productive - Jack

Five top tips from Jack

1. The power of the to-do list

To-do lists are handy but it can feel a bit overwhelming seeing all your tasks written in one place. Try breaking the tasks on your list into three sections: 'urgent', 'do soon' and 'when I get time' to help you prioritise what's most important.

2. The value of reminders

With the best will in the world, it's still easy to forget things you need to do! Putting up sticky notes in places you go regularly (like the kitchen or your bedroom) can be a great way to remind yourself what's next on your to-do list.

3. Every minute matters!

It can be tempting to try to tackle a task all in one go and get it ticked off your list. Sometimes though, breaking jobs down into smaller chunks means you can get started on them when you have shorter windows of time.

4. Know what works for you

Maybe you're a planner who likes to start projects really early or maybe you need the adrenalin of a fast-approaching deadline to get you really focused. Try to suss out what works best for you to help you shape how you approach things.

5. Make efficiency your friend

It's not about how long you work on something but how productive that time is. You may find that spending 15 minutes making flashcards helps you remember information better than eight hours spent reading a textbook. Again, it's all about figuring out what works for you and running with it!

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